Complete artwork including big game
by Anneke Bokern | February 24, 2009
In 1953 a new commission landed on Gio Ponti's desk in Milan. Anala and Armando Planchart, a couple from Caracas, asked the Italian architect and designer to design a house for them. The Plancharts only knew his name from the magazine Domus which they had read for many years, and Ponti, who had just had an unpleasant experience with an Argentine client, was in no mood to take on a new assignment in South America. He did not even know exactly in which country Caracas was located.

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Sanna Annukka for Marimekko

I'm so excited to see that illustrator Sanna Annukka has created fabric designs for Finnish design legend, Marimekko. Her inspiration for this range comes from the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala.

The Kanteleen kutsu design shows forest animals listening to folklore hero Väinämöinen playing a string instrument, made from the jawbone of a giant pike.

This print ranges over other highly covetable household items, like this tray,mugs and tea towels too.

The Taikamylly fabric (below) shows the Sampo, a wealth grinding magic mill, doing its work. I love the closeup version on a porcelain plate too.

Lastly, the Ihmemaa art print shows the landscape of Kaleva, the Land of Heroes, and Lake Alue, in whose depths a whitefish has swallowed fire fallen from the heavens.

See more of this collection, and other designers' work at the Marimekko website.